After 12 Hour Standoff Wig Wearing Bank Robber Rescued From Air Duct

9:23 PM, Jun 3, 2012   |    comments
Bank Robbery Suspect Gets stuck in air duct, WBBM
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Oak Lawn, IL-- Not only did the standoff with a bank robbery suspect last 10 hours...police and FBI agent had to rescue him from the ceiling.

Investigators in Oak Lawn, Illinois said although it took hours and extra work to get him, they have the suspect in custody.

Authorities told CBS Station WBBM, that the wig-wearing robber was found wedged so tight in an air duct that he had to be cut free.

Police say 38-year-old Charles Estell was located early Sunday.

The FBI alleges he robbed a suburban Chicago bank Saturday, confronting bank employees with a gun and stuffing $100,000 in a backpack.

Investigators spent hours looking for him and located him in an air duct next to the bank. He was wearing a wig of dreadlocks.

The bank robber cut through the roof over the bank which is six inches of concrete to get in, according to WBBM.

Michael Kaufmann, division chief of the Oak Lawn Police, said the robber dropped down into a secure area of the Bank of America, tied up two employees, and left through the roof with a duffel bag of cash.

Then, Kaufmann said, the robber ran to the roof over a nearby office to hide from police. When he broke a window to get access to one of the offices he cut his hand.

Police followed the traces of blood, which led them to an air duct, where the suspect was found, stuck.

"He couldn't get out and move," Kaufman told WBBM. "He was fortunate (that police arrived), because if they'd never found him, he could've died in there."

Kaufmann says the bank robber was freed - and arrested - by about 12:30 this morning, charged with bank robbery. The criminal complaint says Estell admitted he robbed the bank, but he hasn't entered a formal plea.

It was immediately unclear if Estell has an attorney. A message left at a listed number wasn't immediately returned.

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